Welcome! My name is Heather Joy. My passion for being creative began earlier than I can remember. I love all things involved with home decor, vintage, fabric, and paper. Through blogging, I hope to inspire you to craft.
I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah! As I flew in yesterday morning, my jaw dropped as I saw the beautiful mountains. They are so close to downtown, you feel like you can touch them!
While I'm at Alt Summit, (meeting other bloggers, learning tons about this growing industry, and enjoying being treated amazingly well) I thought I'd share with you some of the projects that I've been working on the past couple of weeks.
The genius minds of the Alt creators held online classes in preparation for Alt. One of the class that really opened my eyes was on business cards. It taught that this is the way to make a good first and lasting impression, that your business card should be co-hesive with your blog and they gave lots of tips on how to accomplish this. I knew that I needed to make my cards look more like my blog and really focus on branding myself. As a budding graphic artist, I also wanted to design and make everything myself as that says the most about me!
I played around in photoshop with my header and found the circle with my new favorite font RawengulkSans! I like how the circle gently hints at "all encompasses" crafts and I love the simplicity of it. I wanted to make something with clean lines and not too much going on, because I knew I needed to sew fabric onto the card someway.
1. I love the idea of having a unique shape for the card. The banner tag had me swooning. However, if I wanted to sew fabric onto the card, it seemed to be too much. The confetti behind the text also seemed to be over the top. I needed to edit.
2. I paired down the design and then started to play around with materials/colors to print on. I tried vellums, chipboard, gray cardstock, etc.
3. To pink or not to pink! I love playing around with pinking shears, but in the end I didn't feel that this design was as clean and simple as I wanted.
The first fabric, I fell in love with. However, the scales was a bit bit and the colors didn't quite match what I wanted. I love the vintage feel of the two fabrics on the right, plus the scale of the print is perfect for this small card.
I made a little over 100 of these, it was a labor of love, but I'm really thrilled with the outcome. I've handed a few out and the question that everyone keeps asking is "Which company made these?" To be able to say "I did" is super special and everyone is so surprised! I love that it speaks directly to what I make and do. :)
Before I go, here's a couple pics from my trip so far. Be sure to follow me on twitter, like my facebook page and/or follow me on instagram. I've been tweeting and posting pictures a lot! I'll continue to tweet about the seminars and everything that's happening at Alt! Next week, I'll also have multiple posts sharing this experience with you! :)
*Notice my new glasses!
* The gift bag was a gift box! I couldn't be more thrilled that my cards were in some of these gems! (More on that later)